XOXO, Cody: An Opinionated Homosexual's Guide to Self-Love, Relationships, and Tactful Pettiness (Hardcover)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The beloved Peloton instructor chronicles his journey from small-town North Carolina to New York City stardom in an empowering story that reveals his secret to success: not taking yourself—or life—too seriously.
“Reading XOXO, Cody is like hanging out with that friend who makes you laugh and can open up their heart to you.”—Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes
Cody Rigsby has a lot of opinions: Kevin is the hottest Backstreet Boy; grape jelly is a crime against nature; if you wear flip-flops in New York City, you do not love yourself. But if there is one opinion—one truth—that he holds above all others, it’s that we shouldn’t let the fear of looking stupid or being judged hold us back from living our best lives.
Cody didn’t always feel this way. In XOXO, Cody, he opens up about his journey toward accepting himself, from growing up gay and poor in the South to his migration to New York City, where he went from broke-ass dancer to fitness icon. He intimately details what it was like to lose both his father and best friend to addiction and how he began to repair his relationship with his mom as an adult. He recounts his time working at a nightclub on the Lower East Side and his decision to audition for Peloton on a whim, and dishes about competing against Sporty Spice on Dancing with the Stars.
With raw and inspiring stories about learning how to handle the scary sh*t, XOXO, Cody is a bold and heartfelt reminder that sometimes laughing at yourself is the best medicine. Remember: It ain’t that deep, boo.
About the Author
Adored fitness instructor Cody Rigsby is the cycling director at Peloton. Rigsby is known for his witty humor, engaging storytelling, and pop-culture hot takes as well as his insight into relationships and his advocacy for self-love. He was the second runner-up on the thirtieth season of Dancing with the Stars, and he cohosted the GLAAD Media Awards. Rigsby has been the face of numerous brands, including Adidas, Capital One, Chobani, Therabody, Chipotle, and Gatorade, and he has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, People, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Forbes, Vox, Us Weekly, and Time, and on Good Morning America. Rigsby lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“To say this book is charming is an understatement. XOXO, Cody is like hanging out with that friend who makes you laugh and can open their heart up to you. In a world that’s dark, it’s necessary to read a book that will put a smile on your face and remind you that when times get tough, fix your wig and go get your life together. You got this! And so does Cody!”—Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes
“To know Cody Rigsby is to love Cody Rigsby. And now we get to know him even better with this hilarious, and refreshingly candid book about his life so far and everything he’s learned along the way. A must-read!”—Bowen Yang, actor, comedian
“Cody Rigsby is a delight, and so is his book. His knowledge of pop culture is unmatched and he had me laughing out loud on every page. But his candid storytelling and vulnerability is what makes this book truly something special.”—Karamo Brown, Talk Show Host and Co-Host of Queer Eye
“XOXO, Cody is a must-read for anyone who needs a little inspiration to live their best life. While Cody opens up about struggles many of us can relate to, he still reminds us that sometimes the best thing we can do is just laugh at ourselves. Whether you're a fan of Peloton or just looking for some inspiration, XOXO, Cody is a book that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world. So go ahead, laugh at yourself a little, and remember: ‘it ain't that deep, boo.’”—Bobby Berk, Emmy-nominated TV Host and author of Right at Home
“Cody writes essays about his life in the witty, inspiring, and totally unfiltered voice that’s made him a beloved Peloton instructor—and XOXO, Cody let’s readers feel like they’ve spent the afternoon chatting with their best friend.”—Tunde Oyeneyin, New York Times bestselling author of Speak
“Cody Rigsby’s life is a ride for sure but reading it in his one of a kind voice is another level. His personal stories are candid and revealing, full of determination, and hilarious but deeply vulnerable . . . I couldn’t put it down.”—JC Chasez, NSYNC, singer, songwriter